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DDF - Doctor's Dermatologic Formula

Advanced Moisture Defense UV Cream SPF 15

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 105.00
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What a shame jar packaging keeps this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen from earning a high rating because it is a very well-formulated moisturizer.

It contains avobenzone for sufficient UVA protection and has a silky base that’s loaded with the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide. The formula also contains several impressive antioxidants, and that’s where the jar packaging starts to rain on the parade because all of these state-of-the-art ingredients deteriorate in the presence of air when the package is opened. A great formula is meaningless if it’s not in packaging that keeps the most delicate yet effective ingredients stable during use.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Hydrates to measurably improve skin firmness and provides protection from future damage. The advanced formula contains a breakthrough Turmeric Complex to inhibit free radical damage to skin's moisture barrier and UVA/UVB sunscreens to help prevent sun damage. DDF Advanced Moisture Defense UV Cream SPF 15 helps reverse the appearance of aging, instantly firming and tightening skin for a radiant, younger-looking complexion. Protects skin's moisture barrier from free radical damage. Instantly firms and tightens. Helps protect from UVA/UVB sun damage.

Active: Octisalate (4%), Avobenzone (2%), Octocrylene (1.25%), Ensulizole (1%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Retinyl Propionate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethiconol, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Laureth-7, PEG-4 Dilaurate, PEG-4 Laurate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, PEG-4, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben

DDF At-A-Glance

Strengths: Several good water-soluble cleansers; excellent Photo-Age sunscreens and every DDFsunscreen includes sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; some truly state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums; a few good AHA and skin-lightening options; a good benzoyl peroxide topical disinfectant.

Weaknesses: Expensive; products designed for sensitive skin tend to contain one or more known problematic ingredients; several irritating products based on alcohol, menthol, or problematic plant extracts; more than a handful of average moisturizers, many in jar packaging.

This skin-care company's Web site has it right with the statement that "before the beauty world discovered dermatologic skincare brands, there was DDF." Launched in 1991, well before it became common practice for "known" dermatologists to create their own skin-care lines, pioneering dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel began and is still behind this brand. This is a long-standing line that has the backing of a dermatologist (and later that of nutritional consultant Elaine Linker), so you would expect DDF to be just what the doctor ordered. In some respects, it is. However, more often than not, products from dermatologists are just as prone to outlandish claims, exorbitant prices, and use of unproven ingredients as products from any other cosmetics line. A founder's medical background isn't a guarantee that every product he or she creates will do exactly what it claims or even be sensibly formulated. In that sense, DDF falters more than it succeeds. Sobel's credibility for creating treatment-based skin-care products is diminished when inappropriate ingredients (alcohol, menthol, and others) are included in products positioned as prestige products with a medicinal slant. Still, there are some very impressive options available (particularly in the moisturizer and serum categories) that, price notwithstanding, are worthy of consideration.

It will be curious to see what the future holds for this line, as its ownership has recently changed hands. Consumer product giant Procter & Gamble bought DDF in 2007 to expand the line's global reach, but has since sold it to UK-based Designer Parfums. Designer Parfums says it intends to bring Dr. Sobel on board to play a larger role in the company's marketing and development of both current and future products. Sobel himself says he looks forward to "Playing an active role in rebuilding this brand." (Source: www.wwd.com) We'll have to see exactly what that means as DDF moves ahead!

For more information about DDF, call1-800-818-9770or visit www.ddfskincare.com/.

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